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Stewardship of money_Part 2

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The righteous handling of money is an important practical test of godliness.

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Money must be obtained honestly

Not by theft

Exodus 20:15 ESV
15 “You shall not steal.
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Not by fraudulent practices

Leviticus 19:13 ESV
13 “You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning.
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Not by usury

Exodus 22:25 ESV
25 “If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him.
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Not at the expense of justice

Exodus 23:8 ESV
8 And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.
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Not by extortion

Luke 3:13 ESV
13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.”
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Not by oppression

James 5:4 ESV
4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
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Not at the expense of health

Proverbs 23:4 ESV
4 Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.

Not at the expense of witness

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Not at the expense of spiritual well-being

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By work, trade, investment or inheritance

2 Thessalonians 3:12 ESV
12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
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Money must be cared for diligently

Personal money

Proverbs 27:23–24 ESV
23 Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, 24 for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?

Money held on trust

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Money must be used in a God-honouring way

For the support of the family

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV
8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
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For benefiting the poor, especially God’s people

Galatians 6:10 ESV
10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
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For the work of God’s kingdom

Galatians 6:6 ESV
6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.
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Examples of godly people who have used their money well

Those who were wealthy but godly

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Those who had little but gave much

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